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HMRC Must Improve – Have Your Say

(Adapted from R&C/BB/79/14)

The staffing crisis in HMRC is pushing members to breaking point. Draconian sickness and performance policies are starting to bite. Privatisation plans in Benefits & Credits and in DMB remains a real threat to jobs and data security. Despite widespread condemnation from politicians, local communities and workers alike, HMRC are continuing with their discredited Enquiry Centre closure plans. Brewing membership anger at these plans now needs to be captured and aimed collectively and decisively at the employer.

A Jobs and Staffing specific weekly bulletin will be produced updating branches on progress. A Jobs and Staffing special edition of Oracle has been produced and will be out shortly providing important information on the campaign and how branches can play a crucial role in building support amongst members.

All our reps are working hard to deliver for members in their branches. The employers’ cynical attempt to undermine our democratic rights through the threats to remove check off and chip away at our facility time will not work as long we stick together and fight collectively in our common interests against an increasingly hostile employer. We remain committed to talking to the department positively about jobs and staffing in HMRC, however as the closure decision on the Enquiry Centres shows they are clearly not listening. The only way they will listen is if they feel the widespread anger that exists – including our ability to disrupt their plans. We can only do this in an organised and united way.

Your branch wants to know what ideas you have in tackling the issues we face and what action you, as members, are willing to take so we can help shape the national campaign. Please send us your comments and ideas to campaigns@pcssewrc.org.uk before  April 11th

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Our group office maintains two social media outlets – Facebook and Twitter – as a way to communicate with PCS members outside the workplace about latest news and developments from the union. This briefing explains some changes we’ve made to improve accessibility and communications.


There are currently 227 subscribers to our R&C Facebook group. On average, the thread discussions receive between 60 to 100 views at a time. The biggest viewing (150 people) was an article posted up about the recent Pay Progression result for PCS members in the Cabinet Office. Another high viewing (127 people) was about an article reporting on the 21 year badge awardees for 2014.

We’ve therefore made a number of changes which we believe will increase the prominence of these types of postings and discussions. We want to increase the online participation of members to exchange ideas and report from their areas the issues they face. Used effectively, we can utilise Facebook to help contribute towards developing our bargaining agenda across business lines.

We want branches to positively encourage members to join our Facebook page (in their own time and from their personal devices) and to contribute freely to the discussions in a safe and friendly environment – our Facebook group is a closed group and only PCS members can join. We have also implemented measures to filter out any abusive or offensive behaviour or posts which leave our union or members open to challenge or disciplinary action. We will also delete any posts that propose or favour political factions within PCS as this is not the purpose of our Facebook page. We are currently moderating new threads and as we do not have a dedicated 24/7 staff for this we would appreciate your patience in this matter.


We’re currently looking at how we can best utilise our twitter account @PCSRCGroup. If any member would like to put forward ideas (in their own time and from their own devices) on this, please email tracy@pcs.org.uk  from your own devices.

How to join us on Facebook

 Email jimk@pcs.org.uk or private message Jim Knotts with your membership number asking to join. PCS is your union – get involved, have your voice heard and get regular updates.

Tracy Edwards – Industrial Officer (On Behalf of Group Office)


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Launch of Your New PCS South Wales R&C Branch Website

launchWelcome to your new PCS branch website!

Your website is intended to keep you up to date on news, campaigns, and to support you as a PCS South Wales member.

Content will be updated regularly so don’t forget to bookmark this site!

Some content has already been added, and as the site continues to develop, the level of interactivity will grow. You, as a PCS South Wales Member will soon be able to comment and feedback on the website. In the mean time, have a look around and let your rep know if you have any reasonable suggestions for the website.

News: This is where all main announcements and information that effects our members will be posted. Announcements and information on the 800 Club draw will also be included here.

Calendar: Any events or deadlines we believe will be useful to know will be attached to the calendar here. Clicking on the event will bring up more information about it.

Ask PCS South Wales: Do you have any questions for the union? We intend to give members the opportunity to ask questions about anything from campaigns, to what we do as your reps. Any published questions and answers will be answered by the most appropriate rep, and members will be kept anonymous.

Union Learning: PCS South Wales isn’t just about campaigns and action. We also help with learning in the workplace, through courses, learning initiatives, and access to a quiet learning environment for research and/or computer use in the Learning Resource Centre. This section will have useful information published shortly.

Library: Information from PCS bulletins, as well as other useful materials, will be stored here for you to access in case you miss anything.

PCS Reps: Coming soon, find out who your reps are and how to contact them.

Hot Topics: These tags are intended to help you find information linked to popular subjects. This will change regularly as the site develops.

Use the magnifying glass at the top right of the page to search for any specific information you are looking for.

In the mean time I hope you like your new look website and will visit us regularly!

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